School of Earth and Environmental Sciences



The School houses a wide range of laboratories that underpin our research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. These have recently been significantly upgraded, and are supported by dedicated technical and research staff.

We also offer a variety of commercial services, principally through the University of Portsmouth Geological and Environmental Laboratories (UPGE Labs). 

Rock Mechanics Laboratory

  • Rock mechanics and rock physics
  • Volcano-tectonics
  • Physical properties of rocks and minerals

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rock mechanics

Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Laboratory

electron microscopy
  • Advanced imaging at the micro- to nano-scale
  • Chemical analyses
  • Mineralogical and crystallographic analyses

Mass Spectrometry and Laser Ablation Laboratory

  • Trace element and isotopic analyses of natural and industrial materials
  • In-situ analysis of solid samples by laser ablation

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mass spectrometry

Environmental Chemistry Analysis Laboratory

  • Analysis of soils, sediments and waters for metals, nutrients and chlorophyll.
  • Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry
  • Gas and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry

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Soil Mechanics Laboratory

  • Index tests
  • Shear strength and residual shear
  • Consolidation
soil mechanics

Palaeontology Laboratories

  • Sample preparation lab: acid digestion, air-abrasive and pneumatic chisels
  • Microscopy, electron microscopy and digital photography
  • Palynology sample processing

Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy

  • Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy
  • Drone survey
  • Remote sensing computing facility
remote sensing

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories

  • Petrology laboratories refurbished 2015
  • New geochemistry laboratory
  • Dedicated palaeontology and computing laboratories
UG teaching

Other Preparation and Lapidary Facilities

  • Thin section laboratory
  • Rock crushing, milling, cutting, coring
  • Mineral separation laboratory
  • Geochemistry laboratories